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MacTarnahan's Summer Grifter - Portland Brewing Company

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: 2 Row, Munich and Caramel Malts
Hops: Chinook, CTZ, Cascade and Centennial
IBU: 54
ABV: 6.2%

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-19-2009)
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Photo of Zarn
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite inexpensive IPA's nice godlen orange color, creamy head, nice lace, good mouthfeel good hop parings w/ just the right semi-doughy malt flavor combine for a very very drinkable beverage. It's not just a breakfast food anymore.

This is my go to when the cornies blow!

Z1, Vantucky,WA

Zarn, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of edwardkersh
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

edwardkersh, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of olmatty
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a brownish amber beer with a fluffy, white head that has sheets of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell- herbaceous and bitter hops fairy sting the nose.

Taste- Strong, citrus hop and biscuity malt backdrop, spicy hop bitterness bumps along at the bottom

Mouthfeel- Big bodied and smoothly carbonated.

Drinkability- A really nice brew, but the stickiness of the hops might be too much to have more than a couple. Overall quite a a strong offering.

olmatty, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pyramid Brewhouse in Walnut Creek.

Came to the table with a clear caramal appearance with a tiny head that quickly vanishes.

A great sweet hoppy aroma with pineapple and pear whiffs.

Awesome taste. Hoppy, sweet and chewy goodness. A nice biting aftertaste as a high quality IPA should have...but not too much which makes the drinking experience that much better.

Very high drinkability as I had two in one sitting and was debating on another. A great IPA which I hope to find in the store soon.

kaseydad, May 16, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Brewforia in Meridan, ID on a road trip. 12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a big, two finger head that sticks around. Creamy, tight, sticky lacing. Subtle haze. Upward carbonation. Amber in color.
S) Orange. Caramel. Pleasant floral aroma. The aroma induces mouth watering.
T) A well balanced combination of malt and hops. Sweet citrus flavors. Sturdy caramel, nutty tones. Finishes with a brown sugar sweetness along with some floral tones... Heather-esque?
M) Medium body. Smooth. Creamy.
D) A delicious brew! I'd have another... if only I had picked up two bottles on that road trip!

u2carew, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of WaydeRafnel
4/5  rDev +10.5%

WaydeRafnel, Jul 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

caseyoharaa, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Lubiere: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney notes from Cascade hops is dominating. Taste is also dominated by strong citrus and piney notes from the Cascades hops as well as some dry caramel notes. Body is bit thin for style with good carbonation. I guess this was an OK overall experience though nothing to write home about.

Phyl21ca, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of jkdrummer
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bronze tone more on the reddish side, nice foamy head that very soon disappears into a thin lace on top. Aroma is very clean and hoppy as expected. Initial taste has big bite of citrus and hops. Wonderful after bite too. Not too sweet but could use a bit more malt flavor IMHO. Nice bodied amberish IPA for this summer's hot days. Refreshingly easy to drink too. Recommended.

jkdrummer, May 10, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Grifter pours a amber color with a small foam head and some tight bubble lacing. Aroma is really nice and hoppy with smells of citrus and pineapple.

The taste was slightly off on the malt profile but overall it tasted pretty good. It was really hoppy and with a good IBU kick. In the mouth it was medium of carbonation. I am not a huge fan of this local establishments beers but I would have to say this is one of the better drinks from them I have had in a long time.

cswhitehorse, May 25, 2009
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +10.5%

twelveinches, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of e-MoNeY
4/5  rDev +10.5%

e-MoNeY, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Metaltildeath
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Metaltildeath, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +10.5%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev +10.5%

SargeC, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

59rockabilly, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Magpie14
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

A: golden and roasted brown with tints of yellow. Soft reds mingle around the glass as well. Head formed quickly and left quickly, bright white in hue. Globs of lace at random places on the glass

S: hop smells of oranges, pineapples, and lemony pine. Smells of pale toasted malts swirl the senses

T: caramel toasted (light biscuit character) edge proves a nice fit in this brew, tight and in the back. Hops are nicely present and the pine dominates with sugar sprinkled fruit slices of oranges and lemons. Fairly balanced overall with bitter snap hop

M: mild body with vigorous bubble work. Body is slick and drinks well

D: this is the best MacTarnahan's brew I have had too date. Nice profile and hop presence with favorable flavors. Good brew!

Magpie14, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish amber with a one finger cream white head. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is bold piney hops. Taste is piney bitter hops with a minor malt note. Mouthfeel is just above average and has medium carbonation. Drinkability is quite good if you enjoy the dry piney hop flavors. Best Mac-T's so far.

Spikester, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of brokennedy120
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this poured from a bottle. The hops in this beer taste very very fresh (right off the vine taste) and set it firmly above other local IPAs I have had. Fruity smell and flavor, very clear (no cloudiness) orange color, and light feel. Head comprised of big white bubbles.

I'm just disappointed there isn't more of of it!

brokennedy120, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Docer
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Was waiting a bit, but had to grab a bomber of this just to try it.. and I am glad I did... because so far it actually looks and seems quite good... let's see..

- Bubbly clear caramel color... copper penny... huge fluffy white head... quite slow and boiling down... lacing in abundance..

- Big citrus smell.. a little bit like a Hop Stoopid, but also a little bit like a fresh summit hop... really a nice refreshing scent.... a good smell for sure. Little bit of sweet caramel and brown sugar...

- Quite light.... great bittering hop for sure.. some zesty citrus and pine hop, and also a nice dash of lemon zest and fruit.. very light and hides the strength it says it has with great ease... actually very good... did I get a really good bomber or what.. wondering because some of the reviews are not very favorable..

- Bit dry, oily.. but light at the same time... throws a good bitter punch..

- Flavor, smell, smoothness... high marks for sure... but way over carbonated for my tastes in an IPA... little bit more west coast cloudiness and less carb. and this would be an instant classic.

I think some of the poor reviews are based on the fact that this is a large craft merger... but realize that they are some of the oldest crafts and this is a new release from them to compete with a whole new world of new treats... and I think they did quite well.

Docer, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of MikeB91c
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

MikeB91c, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Goose Island IPA glass. Orange with a reddish-hue and a generous, pillowy head.

Smells nice, doughy malt and a big, floral, American hop profile. Balanced.

Medium bodied, hop resins; a touch of pine; maybe a little diacetyl. Almost has a Red Ale vibe.

Finishes with a pleasant hop bite that's not too dry.

This beer is a stand out amoung IPAs, but it is a nice change of pace for a summer seasonal and another tasty, well balanced brew from Mac's. Pair it with some pizza and enjoy.

brownbeer, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grifter (n.) - a person who swindles or scams you by means of deception or fraud

Maybe they were trying to think of a cool name like 'rogue, dissident, renegade...and all those good names were taken so they settled for something just plain unappealing?

So, I'll further question the label with the odd 'lurking' subtitle. It's definitely strange, and the caricature guy has a creepy pedophile/pervert look to him(and a black eye?). Bad enough it's called Grifter, the guy looks like emotionally disturbed as well as criminally so. I don't remember the last label that had such negative appeal.

Oh well, crappy marketing aside, it's what's inside that counts.

Pours a gorgeous deep copper and the lacing clings to my glass nicely. Aroma is juicy hops, with a bit of lemon pledge, definitely a good level of hops in this PacNW IPA.

Flavor is hop forward, good spiciness and full mouthfeel. Chewy hop resin, some subtle malt playing around in the background, enough to create a decent balance. Nothing noticeably off here. Good carbonation and aftertaste, one of the better Pyramid/McTarnahan brews i've had.

A solid IPA. Oh no, the grifter is eying me now!

SurlyDuff, May 01, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 9/2/09

12oz. brown bottle with twist off cap. Served cold in the Sam Adams glass.

This beer pours a hazy orange color with tall sticky head that leaves spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not over the top. It's sweet and citrusy. Flavor is mildly bitter and pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth and not too carbonated, medium-light in body.

Definately a PNW IPA, which makes sense, but just not hoppy enough to be an IPA. If they had called it a pale ale I would be happier with it. As it is, a little underwhelming.

GilGarp, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like the name says, this beer is only drifting though town hoping to pull a couple of marks. Come the end of August, it will be gone, and so will a big chunk of your cash.

This limited edition IPA pours a tangerine-tinged gold and throws a surprisingly malt-forward nose complimented with citrus notes. Upon first sip, the malt profile holds your attention as the hops (Chinook, CTZ, Cascade, and Centennial) sneak in the back, quietly.

At a mere 54 IBUs, I would have called this an American Pale Ale; it's not what I expected for the style, but I found myself warming to this mongrel. With so many West Coast IPAs vying to each be hoppier than the last, the Grifter is a refreshing change of ... God damn it! Where's my wallet?

monkeylovebeer, Aug 17, 2010
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MacTarnahan's Summer Grifter from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.